Sunday 22 October 2006 – Phuket, Thailand
For my last day in Patong, I went somewhere else! Caught a tuk tuk (200 Baht) to Kata Beach, a few kilometres to the south, mostly because the island off the beach was supposed to offer good snorkelling. Unfortunately the storm water canal for the area flowed into the sea at the same end of the beach, reducing visibility in the area to zero.
The island was also a little further off shore than anticipated so didn’t make it that far. However it was a pleasant day to spend at the beach, so that’s what I did. I hired a lounger, some fins and sat back and relaxed. The water was clearer in the centre of the beach, so spent the day going for walks and swims. Several long tail boats were moored at the end of the beach, occasionally taking people. Others were being maintained on the beach by men sanding and varnishing them.
Took a walk to the village behind the beach, with its usual mix of cafes, tailor shops, t-shirt and souvenir stalls, although it was all a lot more relaxed than in Patong. This area appeared to cater for northern Europeans, a lot of signs were in Dutch and German, even some in Danish and Swedish, and many conversations overheard on the beach were in those languages.
Had a great glass noodle salad with squid for lunch. With fruit, water and a cooling face towel, it was 100 Baht. Needed to haggle over the return tuktuk fare – a sign at the stand wanted 350 Baht! I walked away after they rejected my offer of 250 Baht. Sure enough, a tuktuk soon caught me up and took me back to Patong for the amount I’d offered. After cleaning up I went back to my new favourite restaurant where the young lady suggested spicy prawns and a mixed salad – both very fine.